NEWARK, Del. -- Senior WR Tre Gray reeled in nine catches for 126 yards and a touchdown, but the Spiders were defeated 24-10 by No. 15 Delaware Saturday at Delaware Stadium in Newark, Del.
Gray's dazzling 38-yard touchdown catch put the Spiders back in the game at 24-10 with 7:35 left in the fourth quarter and Richmond forced a three-and-out on Delaware's next trip.
That ensuing Spider drive had momentum, but ended with a game-sealing lost fumble in Blue Hen territory with 3:03 left. It was the fourth of four turnovers by Richmond, which slipped to 3-7 overall and 0-7 in CAA Football.
The 15th-ranked Blue Hens (6-4, 4-3) kept their playoff hopes afloat with their first win at Delaware Stadium over the Spiders since 2003.
Gray's touchdown was the 14th of his career, while collecting his seventh career 100-yard game - six have come during his record-setting senior season. Gray has already surpassed Richmond's career marks for receiving yards (3,017) and catches (233), and set the single-season catches record (85).
In Saturday's game, Gray became just the third receiver in school history to surpass 1,000 yards receiving in a season (1,103) and heads into his final career regular season game next Saturday versus William & Mary just 13 yards shy of the Spiders' single-season receiving mark of 1,115 by Rod Boothes in 1992.
Delaware jumped up 7-0 in the first when Andrew Pierce finished off a seven-play, 57-yard drive with a 1-yard run.
Richmond reached the Red Zone on its next two drives, but could only muster three points after junior Wil Kamin booted a 22-yard field goal then had a 28-yarder blocked.
The Blue Hens led 14-3 at the half, and Pierce extended the lead to 21-3 as he capped a crushing 15-play, 97-yard drive that consumed 7:57 off the third-quarter clock. Pierce finished with 34 carries for 215 yards and two scores.
Senior QB Aaron Corp was 23-of-42 passing for 250 yards, while sophomore WR Ben Edwards reeled in a career-best nine catches for 73 yards. Edwards also completed his first career pass - finding senior safety Colin Pehanick for a 24-yard completion on a fourth-down trick play early in the game.
Pehanick finished with five tackles and forced a pair of fumbles -- the latter was recovered by sophomore DB Wayne Pettus and returned 24 yards that helped set-up Richmond's fourth quarter touchdown.
Richmond ends the 2011 season next Saturday at Robins Stadium versus long-time William & Mary in the 121st playing of the South's Oldest Football Rivalry. The Capital Cup is on the line with a 12 p.m. kickoff.